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Obama picks Sotomayer for Supreme Court, sources say

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The official announcement is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. Eastern time.

But  President Obama has selected federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor as his first Supreme Court pick -- the first Latino to serve on the nation's highest court.

Born to Puerto Rican parents in the Bronx, within shouting distance of Yankee Stadium, Sotomayor, 54, is a liberal-enough judge to inspire plenty of long knives from Republicans.

But Sotomayor also is likely to inspire plenty of cheers from Latinos -- a core political group to both parties -- and from every American who loves a good rags-to-riches story.

Her father, a tool-and-die worker with a third-grade education, died when she was 9 years old. Her mother, a nurse, raised Sotomayor and her younger brother, who is now a doctor, on a modest salary. In 1976, Sotomayor married while still a student at Princeton University and divorced in 1983.

Watch this space for more details.

-- Johanna Neuman

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More of the same ! I thought Obama said he would choose someone different from the usual lawyer variety. She is the same elitist urban type that looks down on the rest of the country, especially those who reside in more rural areas. She is also a VERY serious threat to our constitutional freedoms. The second amendment will be threatened without a doubt. We don't need any more of these activist judges that force their opinions on us instead of doing their legal, proscribed duty of interpreting the law.(This is part of the safety net that the separation of powers is supposed to guarantee, it is VITAL to our freedom) I guess I shouldn't have deluded myself by believing Obama, he's a very dishonest person.

Terrible pick by Obama: he choose ideology over the US Constitution!!!!!


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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